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Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) – A New Sports Enterprise Now Represents Premier Soccer Properties in Canada

Posted on 28 March 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Premier League (CPL) announced today the launch of Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) – a new sports enterprise representing commercial assets and inventory for marquee soccer properties in Canada.Canadian Soccer Business debuts with a suite of top-tier national assets that comprise t More

Canada Soccer launches You are Canada Soccer campaign

Posted on 1 March 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

As the Leading a Soccer Nation Strategic Plan 2014-2018 chapter nears its completion, Canada Soccer has launched an engagement campaign designed to solicit feedback from the Canadian soccer public. The You are Canada Soccer (www.canadasoccer.com/you) initiative builds on the previous engagement More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2018

Posted on 30 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the Vice President and Director positions who are able to contribute to an Association that reflects the values of engagement, transparency, accountability and the many attributes of leading edge governance.Nominations are requested for t More

Canadian Premier League names Paul Beirne as President

Posted on 23 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Paul Beirne has been appointed President of the Canadian Premier League, the new domestic men’s professional soccer league that will debut in the spring of 2019.As President, Beirne will manage the day to day league operations of the Canadian Premier Leauge. His primary focus will be to ensure More

Toronto FC’s treble named Canada Soccer 2017 Moments campaign winner

Posted on 17 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

An historic season from Toronto FC, who had a record setting regular season on the way to the 2017 Canadian Championship crown, a Major League Soccer Supporter’s Shield, and MLS Cup Finals victory and, has earned the club the 2017 Canada Soccer Moments title.Champions #canchamp #TFCLive pic.tw More

Canadian Premier League set to kick off in 2019

Posted on 10 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Premier League received unanimous support to join Canada Soccer’s membership along with founding clubs Winnipeg Football Club and Hamilton Football Club, at the organization’s Annual Meeting of the Members in May 2017. The league announced last week that they will kick off i More

Nicolle named to Canada Soccer Board of Directors

Posted on 2 October 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Director-Elect for Ontario More

Deadline extended - Canada Soccer looking for one (1) Elected Director from Ontario to serve on the Board of Directors commencing immediately

Posted on 12 August 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The current call for nominations is for the following Board position: One (1) Elected Director (term ending in May 2020) one (1) from Ontario Further details are available in the Call for Nominations document available in the Governance section of this website. Deadline for appl More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Nominations Committee

Posted on 13 July 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) is seeking to recruit two (2) qualified candidates to serve as an independent member of the Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors. The individuals must be able to demonstrate that they have professional, personal or other contacts within the More

Canada Soccer announces TSN and RDS as official broadcast partners

Posted on 30 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The live coverage kicks off this June with Canada Soccer’s trio of Summer of Soccer international matches over a six-day period More

Canada Soccer enters new era with approval of Canadian Premier League

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Membership unanimously supports 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid More

Steve Reed elected President of Canada Soccer

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's 34th President More

Canada Soccer IT/Digital Infrastructure Current State Assessment and Needs Analysis

Posted on 22 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALCanada Soccer IT/Digital Infrastructure Current State Assessment and Needs AnalysisCanada Soccer is currently seeking a consultant to undertake an analysis of our information technology and digital infrastructure.Deliverable: Present a current-state assessment and produce a 5-yea More

Saskatchewan Soccer approves academy membership

Posted on 20 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Saskatchewan Soccer Associate (SSA) broke new ground on Saturday when its membership moved to approve acceptance of private soccer academies as full, regular members of the Association, alongside traditional youth soccer clubs and associations. The SSA is the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally More

CanadaRED contest winners to attend matches in Winnipeg, Toronto

Posted on 2 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

CanadaRED contest More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 1 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Statement from Canada Soccer re: Director, High Performance More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017

Posted on 24 February 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The current call for nominations is for the following Board positions: One (1) President (three-year term) Two (2) Elected Directors (three-year term) one (1) from Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut and one (1) from Ontario Two (2) Independent Directors (three-year term More

Canada Soccer Request for Information (RFI) for a new digital platform

Posted on 14 February 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Development of web platform for Canada Soccer request for information More

Canada Soccer Announces New Roles and Expanded Positions in Technical Department

Posted on 24 January 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Hiring and expansion of several roles within the Technical Department More

Canadian content focus leads to first Generation adidas Canada MLS signings

Posted on 4 January 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer congratulates the first-ever Generation adidas Canada signings, Men’s EXCEL Program players Shamit Shome and Adonijah Reid. More

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Canada Soccer has approved 14 new Quality Soccer Provider clubs in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan under its Club Licensing Program. The announcement brings the total number of clubs licensed under the Canada Soccer Youth Club Licensing Program to 78.

Organizations are granted Canada Soccer Club Licences for a period of two years and have created a collaborative work plan to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements and progress to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer.

Canada Soccer Quality Soccer Provider clubs must abide by the Canada Soccer’s Standards for Quality Soccer, designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered, member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.

Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program was launched in 2017 with the Canada Soccer Professional Club Licence. Canada Soccer announced the expansion of the program to youth soccer in 2018 in collaboration with Provincial and Territorial Member Associations and incorporating international best practices.

More information on the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program can be found at: https://www.canadasoccer.com/overview-s17342

Quality Soccer Provider

British Columbia

Abbotsford Soccer Association

Manitoba

Hanover Soccer Club
Transcona East End Community Centre
TRI-S Soccer Club
Winnipeg Phoenix Football Club

Newfoundland & Labrador

Feildians Athletic Association
St. John's Soccer Club
Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association
Paradise Soccer Club
Happy Valley Goose Bay Minor Soccer
Mount Pearl Soccer Association
Conception Bay South Soccer Association

Nova Scotia

Thunder FC

Saskatchewan

Swift Current Soccer Association
 

After announcing the suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Canada on 13 March 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Soccer announced its five-stage Return to Soccer Guidelines on 13 May. The majority of Canada Soccer’s 13 Provincial and Territorial Member Associations have submitted their Return to Soccer plans for approval and as early as 6 June, the Member Organizations from the east and west coasts of the country of PEI Soccer Association and BC Soccer will be eligible to Return to Soccer pending the local club’s completion of Phase 5 of Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer Guidelines.

“For the past 80 plus days, Canada Soccer has worked closely with all stakeholders including our Provincial and Territorial Member Associations to ensure the health and safety of all who participate in the game of soccer in Canada,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer’s General Secretary. “Starting with the suspension of sanctioned soccer in March, countless hours of thoughtful and measured discussion and planning have gotten us to a place where we are confident we can once again provide a safe sport environment in areas of the country where the provincial and local governments have permitted a return to physical activities.”

Member Associations’ plans for BC and PEI have been approved by the Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Panel led by medical, technical and administrative members of the organization. BC Soccer and PEI Soccer Association’s Member Organizations can consider a return upon completion of the fifth stage of the Return to Soccer Risk Assessment Tool developed by Canada Soccer in conjunction with its Sports Medicine leaders and its Member Associations.

“Over the last 3 months, BC Soccer has been committed to ensuring that health and safety is the priority and to working with our colleagues across the country,” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer’s Executive Director. “Keeping the membership informed and working collaboratively with provincial bodies, health authorities and our Member Association peers allowed us to develop responsible return-to-soccer plans. There is much work still to be done following these initial and controlled steps forward to get the BC community back to playing soccer.”

The final step in the Return to Soccer Guidelines provides clubs with a self-assessment of their individualized plans for running soccer programing once sanctions have been lifted. The assessment includes an examination of club practices in understanding the up-to-date realities of the COVID-19 situation, provides event organizers a range of questions surrounding emergency preparedness and response plans, investigates stakeholder and partner coordination, asks for an outline of governance and risk communication policies as well as requesting details on specific mitigation measures.

“Our approved Return to Soccer Plan is a result of collaboration with our Member Organizations and we believe that all members will benefit from the Return to Soccer Risk Assessment Tool to ensure that they have addressed specific realities related to operating programming within their communities,” said Peter Wolters, Executive Director, PEI Soccer Association. “We are confident that the local realities in Prince Edward Island and Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer Guidelines will ensure that participants return to a safe sport environment.”

As restrictions begin to ease relating to COVID-19, Canada Soccer has announced that its member organizations must follow the “Return to Soccer Guidelines” before returning to the pitch. Guided by leadership from Canada Soccer's Sports Medicine Committee and in consultation with  federal, provincial, territorial and local public health authorities, the Return to Soccer Guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool, all for the purpose of determining preparedness to mitigate COVID-19 risks and implications upon the resumption of soccer and related activities.
 
“Since our initial suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Canada in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic in March, we have worked closely and collaboratively with our Member Associations and relevant public health authorities as well as monitored the situation within the international soccer community,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “As stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease in parts of the country, we wanted to ensure that we expanded our Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster to provide guidance on how best to ensure a safe return to soccer for all players, coaches, referees and administrators.” 
 
The Guidelines are primarily designed to help member organizations manage their liability and  remain compliant with all applicable public health authorities when returning to soccer and related activities. The Guidelines may help member organizations determine which new policies need to be adopted, including social and physical distancing for training, restricting the number of players participating in such training, and restricting game play.  
 
“The introduction of the Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster in May 2019 was a strong signal from the country’s soccer leaders that the safety, enjoyment and development of our athletes is paramount,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “Today, it is even more important that we add to our Safe Sport Roster this critical tool that will provide the necessary guidance to our valued members as we all work together to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19 while providing an opportunity for the Canadian soccer community to connect back on the pitch.”
 
The steps outlined in the Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Guidelines include:

  1. The easing of stay-at-home orders from the Federal public health authority;
  2. The easing of restrictions on public gatherings from the respective Provincial public health authority;
  3. The easing of restrictions for field and facility usage by the respective Municipal public health authority;
  4. Canada Soccer has received the Return to Soccer Plan from the Provincial or Territorial Member Association, which has been provided to the applicable Provincial or Territorial government department and/or public health authority, and where applicable, has received confirmation from the Province or Territory that it approves of the Plan; and
  5. Canada Soccer has received the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool from the member organization and has provided any comments or feedback to the member organization or its Provincial or Territorial Member, if any.

 
“The role of Canada Soccer's Sports Medicine leadership to ensure safe sport for all levels of the game in our country has never been more paramount during this COVID-19 pandemic and we have been monitoring the situation closely with public health authorities to provide direction for all Canada Soccer sanctioned programs and events,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chair, Canada Soccer Sports Medicine Committee. “The Return to Soccer Guidelines will provide the best possible opportunity for success in continuing to curb the spread of COVID-19 both on and off the pitch.”

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